We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

National Gallery to close on Thursday as staff go on strike

Room attendants at the gallery are holding a one-day strike over a disagreement about pay and leave.

THE NATIONAL GALLERY of Ireland is to close on Thursday as some staff members hold a one day strike.

Room attendants at the gallery and maintenance staff are going on strike over a disagreement about leave and pay arrangements.

“The strike action planned for 5 June is regrettable and we apologise for any inconvenience this one-day closure may cause our visitors,” said Sean Rainbird, the director of the National Gallery.

The dispute stems from a Labour Court recommendation about getting rid of certain leave arrangements and cutting some payments to staff. The gallery has said that the payments were no longer sustainable, while SIPTU, which represents the workers, has argued strongly against this.

The management of the gallery has implemented the Labour Court recommendation.

The National Gallery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, behind only the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, the Cliffs of Moher and the National Acquatic Centre.  More than 660,000 people visited it in 2012.

Read: Want your very own masterpiece? Now you can buy one online > 

Read: Ireland’s Favourite Painting is announced… and it’s a romantic one > 

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.